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Short break in Yorkshire
I'm not sure the diet is going to survive the holiday (we're away in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire for a few days). We're self-catering but what we hadn't expected is that there was a lot of lovely food laid on in the apartment! However, I will be more active than normal, so I hope things balance out. We're also going to make our own sandwiches to take out for lunch tomorrow, so that will use some of the food without eating any extra meals.

The day started with me rushing around ironing and packing, but we left in good time. It only took 30 minutes to drive to Machynlleth, and so we had plenty of time to pay for parking at the storage centre and then wait for our train.

There was time between trains at Shrewsbury to grab a sandwich and cup of tea before catching the train to Manchester. We then successfully negotiated the tram system in order to transfer to Victoria Station where we caught an earlier train than planned. As our tickets were not for a specific train, we reached Hebden Bridge half an hour before we expected.

The Croftmill apartments are just about 10 minutes walk from the station and are absolutely delightful. The building was once an old steam powered woollen mill. Now it's been converted into about 20 two-bedroomed apartments. There's everything you need, including dishwasher and all the aforementioned unexpected food.

Hebden Bridge is slightly weird, but in a good way. You can see that it used to be a dour northern industrial Pennine valley town, but now it's been gentrified and has been taken over by coffee shops, restaurants, organic and vegetarian/vegan food shops, plus the usual plethora of charity shops. It does still boast a real old-fashioned butchers, but only one small convenience store so the natives must go elsewhere for their main food shopping, unless there's a Tesco or similar hidden away on the outskirts.

We have now explored the town, which is only small and have bought some chilled lasagnes for dinner. We'll probably eat out tomorrow but tonight we're happy to spend some time enjoying the apartment and watching TV before we have dinner.
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feodora From: feodora Date: June 14th, 2016 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
That al sounds wonderfull and I am hoping for some nice pictures to afterwards
From: cmcmck Date: June 14th, 2016 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hope you have a grand time!
From: kaishin108 Date: June 14th, 2016 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have a wonderful time!
Diets and vacations just do not go together ;-)
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: June 15th, 2016 11:30 am (UTC) (Link)
When on holidays I always take a break from dieting. That doesn't mean I go mad, just that the very occasional treat is allowed.
trenton22 From: trenton22 Date: June 16th, 2016 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope it's peaceful where you are. I heard the terrible news of MP Jo Cox being attacked and murdered in Yorkshire today. At the time, I didn't know you were there. I was near the place where the Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot one morning and I remember how everyone was on edge for days. Giffords survived that attack, but I know how these things can affect one. Anyway, I hope you're well and able to make the best of your vacation.

Edited at 2016-06-16 08:07 pm (UTC)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 21st, 2016 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
As I said in my reply to your own post, it was a shock that something so violent had happened not far away, but calm was quickly restored.
trenton22 From: trenton22 Date: June 24th, 2016 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I just replied to your reply, I'd forgotten that I had written about Rep. Giffords here. Please forgive the repetition.
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